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Old 11-16-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Hi Everyone,

Hope you all have a great weekend, here is my list of fun things I've found that are going on in the Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area:



FRIDAY

Friday Night Free Music -- Venice's Centennial Park at the gazebo, bring lawn chairs, 7 - 9 pm.



FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Pinecraft Christmas -- vendors selling local and made in the USA gifts, food trucks, 9 am - 4 pm, Beneva Marketplace (corner Bahia Vista & Beneva).



SATURDAY

Sarasota Farmers Market -- downtown at Lemon & Main, 7 am - 1 pm.

Central Sarasota Farmers Market -- corner Proctor & Beneva, 8 am - 1 pm.

Bradenton Farmers Market -- old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, 8 am - 2 pm.

Venice Blues Festival -- Maxine Barritt Park, 11 am - 7 pm. Info at: Venice Blues Festival - Venice Blues Festival

Lakewood Ranch's Turkey Trot 5K -- registration fees required for participants, accepting food donations for the Food Bank of Manatee County, races start at 8 am, Lakewood Ranch's Main Street.

Lakewood Ranch Art Show & Sale -- at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 9 am - 4 pm.

Harvest Fest Arts & Crafts Fair -- 65+ booths, other family friendly activities, 10 am - 5 pm, Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St E, Bradenton.

Multicultural Festival -- music, food, flags of many countries. Midway Plaza, 6800 14th St W, Bradenton, 9 am - 4 pm.

Canine Christmas Festival & Adopt-A-Thon -- doggie fashion show, games, vendors, pictures with Santa, 10 am - 3 pm at the Bishop SPCA Shelter, 5718 21st Ave W, Bradenton.

Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Gala -- Humane Society of Sarasota fundraiser at the Sarasota Yacht Club, starts at 6 pm, tickets $250/person.

Classic Car Show -- on the parking lot of the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 10 am - 2 pm.

Hog Chili Cook-off -- chili competition at Rossiter's Harley Davidson on Cattlemen Rd in Sarasota, 11 am - 1 pm.

Three Dog Night in concert -- at the Van Wezel, 8 pm. Ticket info at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: Sarasota, Florida
For those of you who did not experience this band the first time around , some of their most popular songs include One, Joy to the World & Mama Told Me Not to Come.



FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Englewood Beach Waterfest -- offshore boat races, party Friday evening 4 - 10 pm.
Schedule & info at: http://englewoodbeachwaterfest.com/




SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Sarasota Medieval Fair -- jousting, music, ye ole turkey leg & ale for sale, 75 daily shows/performances, artisan marketplace. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota county fairgrounds. 10 am - 5:30 pm each day. Adults $17.95, students/seniors $15.95, children 5 - 12 $8.95

Sarasota Fall Fine Arts Festival -- Gulf Stream Ave, 10 am - 5 pm.




SUNDAY

Bridge Street Market --great farmers market option on Anna Maria Island, 10 am - 3 pm

Siesta Key Farmers Market -- Siesta Village Plaza, 8 am - 2 pm

Siesta Key Drum Circle -- just before sunset at Siesta Key public beach, everyone welcome.

Ski-A-Rees Ski Show -- 2 pm at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (behind Mote Marine).

Ponies under the Palms -- Mustang & Ford classic car show on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street, 8 am - 3 pm.



WEDNESDAY

Thanksgiving Eve Party -- Main Street Live, historic downtown Bradenton, 5 pm - midnight. Arts & crafts vendors, live music 5 - 10 pm, food & drink vendors.




UPCOMING EVENTS:

Nov. 25: Venice Holiday Parade -- everything you would expect from an old fashioned, home town parade, i.e. floats, marching bands, etc. Great event if you've never been but go early, parking is an issue. Parade starts at 7 pm on Park Blvd and travels thru downtown Venice to the Venice Community Center (see website for details). Venice Holiday Parade

Nov. 25: Light Up Siesta Key Village Parade -- Siesta Key kicks off the holiday season with a parade followed by arrival of Santa, 5:30 - 10 pm, parade starts at 6 pm.



Have a great weekend. Enjoy!
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